Video Challenge: Rewind

One of the brilliant things about video is that it can be played back in reverse. And if you're clever about it, no one is any the wiser...unless you want them to be.


The Challenge

For this month's Video Challenge, create a video that celebrates footage played back in reverse. Your entire video need not be in reverse, but it should be an integral component of what you create.

How Do Video Challenges Work Again?

To keep the projects reasonable, all clips must be 45 seconds or less and begin with content, not slates, credits, colorbars or countdowns. They'll be due March 14th by 8am Eastern. Results will be posted on the 17th.

Become a member of our Vimeo group and add your video by the deadline. We'll then go through the submissions and highlight our favorites on Gizmodo.

The Example

To you recognize our lead clip by Michael Durham? It was an entrant in our inaugural Video Challenge. Obviously, it's a time lapse, but it's also a perfect example how a film's meaning can be changed simply by playing it backwards.


The Technique

I don't think there's a single piece of video editing software out there that doesn't have a one-button reverse function. So technically speaking, this is a pretty simple challenge.


But as to what you choose to shoot, that's the question. Hint: avoid people eating because it's like they're vomiting onto forks...unless that's what you're going for.


1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Videos must be taken since this contest was announced.
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Upload submissions to our vimeo page.
5. All clips must be 45 seconds or less and begin with content, not slates, credits, colorbars or countdowns.
5. One submission per person.
6. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules.
7. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.

Mark Wilson is the founder of photography blog Life, Panoramic as well as Philanthroper, a new way to donate $1/day to nonprofits.



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